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Bill Moyers Booklist

Bill Moyers shares the books on his current reading list:

John Grisham's THE ASSOCIATE. A posse of investigative journalists would be hard pressed to dig out the truth about our legal system revealed in a riveting read of fewer than 400 furiously turned pages.

  • View Bill Moyers interview with John Grisham

    THE GREAT FINANCIAL CRISIS: CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES, by John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff. With all the charges of "socialist" hurled at Barack Obama from the howling back benches, I decided it was time to find out what some real socialists are saying about the crisis of monopoly capitalism. It's a short book long on insight.

  • More on the financial crisis

    THE FIVE LOST DAYS, by my colleague William Petrick, a fine journalist turned novelist whose story of filmmaking in the jungles of Guatemala makes me grateful for all the close calls I avoided in a lifetime of reporting documentaries. It's quite an experience he concocts, utterly believable -- and downright scary.

    Charles Taylor's A SECULAR AGE. Because I'm planning to interview the author, winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize (and protege of Isaiah Berlin), I began this 900-page tome as an act of professional duty, only to discover, with much delight, that every page is a baptism of insight. It will take months to finish, obviously, but this is not a subject to be hurried. Taylor writes as if he is sitting across the table, taking you as seriously as he does the real world of faith and reason.

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    Also, check out what books viewers suggested for the new president's bedside table -- and tell us your own required reading by commenting below.


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    I've decided to add these titles to my list of books men are reading. I empathize with Mr. Moyer's well crafted synopsis which are short on personal commentary "long on insight".

    sorry Gary, my bad; here is to make up - -

    I highly rec '' The Great Depression: America 1929-1941'' by Mcelvaine, Robert S.

    Every sentence and paragraph reflects our times as much as the 1930s - - unbelievable, as history repeats itself 100% once again, as a result of CORPORATE GREED and THEFT !!!!!!!!

    AMIGO: Play fair, Bud. Read a book instead of reposting old news. I suggest anything by Dr. Paul Farmer. Say, "Pathologies of Power: Health, Human Rights, and the New War on the Poor", Berkeley: University of California Press, 2003, 2005 edition: ISBN 978-0-520-24326-2. It's a damn good book by a guy who learned his subject matter first hand.

    Read Charles Walters' book "UNFORGIVEN'. Our rampant cosumerism has, it seems, caught us. With worthless new wealth entering our economy, the system is doomed

    While working on an recent illustration project I was drawn back to "The Little Prince" by French adventurer Antoine de Saint-Exupery. An associate asked why I was reading that elitist pity-piece, that prolonged suicide note. I considered the truth of the criticism: a privileged person is mourning the loss of his intellectual circle, the thing most important to him. Many people are now mourning the loss of faith in our country and our capitalist system. We can't reinflate the bubble and expect it to last. We are out in the desert with a broken plane and a wrench. Exupery confronts the shortcomings of his world and takes his heart home, ending the game. He assumes people and systems cannot change. I wish he were alive today to see the possibilities, if only we can let go of bad habits and an insane past. The main value of the book is the honest prognosis presented by a "winner" under the old rules. We continued the same values and habits that defeated him....and are suffering because of that choice. The Kings of conforming speech,Lamplighters and Geographers need real meaningful work. (Perfect pictures are not required to complement a true narrative: Capitalism is a poisonous snake that cannot change its nature.)

    Russ Baker's new tome on the Bush family political dynasty - "Family Of Secrets". This highly praised book attempts to raise the veil on the way the Bush family subverted democratic institutions of the US to further their political and personal agendas. From Prescott Bush to the privileged incompetence of George W. this book covers much important ground in vital US history. "George Bush of the CIA" was how J.E. Hoover referred to G.H.W. Bush in 1963. Was our 41st president actually a life long CIA operative? A powerfull argument is made in this book as well as the mysterious way commercial failures not only don't harm the family cause but, in fact, assist in enlarging the family fortune and also look to be criminal enterprises designed to launder money for covert operations.

    "The Uses of Haiti" by Dr. Paul Farmer may be a preview in miniature of the fate impending for the previously productive American laboring class. "Juarez: Laboratory of Our Future" is a especially powerful companion piece that has proven predictive as regards current events in Mexico as they encroach upon the US despite a border fence and increased enforcement. Maybe there is no time to read these before it is too late. Maybe the privileged classes don't understand what "too late" means, but these books read seriously in their entirety as intended by the authors could help. Nah, it's probably too late. Bill has to read and promote his buddies' books first.

    Nemesis:The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson
    An eye opener to our foreign policy and why just about every president creates his own little military adventure somewhere in the world.

    Is it possible to contact someone in Bill Moyers organization to get him to write a book on Oligarchy. Winston Churchill is the only one to warn us about the horrors of oligarchy. It was in his famous speech to the House of Commons on Nov. 11, 1947. Bill and Truthout are the only ones to mention the word, and then it was only in reference to the billionaires with no word about its impact on the grand experiment with democracy and the thousands of oligarchs among us.

    Is it possible to contact someone in Bill Moyers organization to get him to write a book on Oligarchy. Winston Churchill is the only one to warn us about the horrors of oligarchy. It was in his famous speech to the House of Commons on Nov. 11, 1947. Bill and Truthout are the only ones to mention the word, and then it was only in reference to the billionaires with no word about its impact on the grand experiment with democracy and the thousands of oligarchs among us.

    The Road to 9/11 by Peter Dale Scott.

    This book provides the context for 9/11 that the main stream media has totally failed to.

    Here Mr. Scott discusses some of the information found in his book.

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2978244787099383010&ei=C726Sej_K6L8qAOmn_zbAQ&q=peter+dale+scott&hl=en

    Charles Taylor's "A Secular Age" is lucid and insightful. It is the best use of the work of Foucault I have read.

    House of Bush, House of Saud: The Secret Relationship Between the World's Two Most Powerful Dynasties
    by Craig Unger, 2004

    Dismantling The American Dream: Globalization, Free Trade, immigration, Unemployment, Poverty, Debt, Foreign Dependency, & More
    by Kenneth Buchdahl, 2004

    Fans of David Cay Johnston’s Free Lunch and Perfectly Legal will enjoy The Conservative Nanny State; I’m in the middle of it right now and am impressed by the job Dean Baker is doing of questioning our most basic assumptions about the role of government and markets and how they affect people.

    I'd like to know where I can find information on Mr Moyer's role in the coup d'etat against the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumuah.

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